Sky's the limit for One Young World leaders
Bob Geldof will be among global leaders at the One Young World Summit in Dublin this week - and he'll be bringing a space shuttle.
The Boomtown Rat and Live Aid hero will speak at the four-day meeting of 1,400 youth leaders from around the world.
The knighted Dubliner will be among the first commercial passengers to fly into space. The space-shuttle craft, owned by an American company, will be displayed beside the National Convention Centre during the conference.
The summit opens today and its international 'who's who' list of speakers, delegates and observers also includes former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Also speaking will be Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke met with a group of nine young Dublin leaders yesterday, who are sponsored by the City Council to attend the conference.
Young people from 190 countries will debate key issues facing the world, including human rights, transparency and integrity, education, global business, health, leadership and governance, and sustainable development.
The Lord Mayor said the city council is organising two conference sessions, on business start-ups with the new Dublin Start-Up Commissioner Niamh Bushnell, and on social justice with campaigner and Freeman of Dublin Fr Peter McVerry.
"Leadership is about making a difference in people's lives. It is not about what money you earn, or the power you hold but rather what justice and fair play you create for the most vulnerable and marginalised in our cities," said the Lord Mayor.
Peter Finnegan, the council's International Relations Director, said Dublin can lay claim to the title of being Europe's Youth Leadership Capital.
The successful Dublin bid to host the youth summit was led by youth leaders Clara Kelleher, Bob Coggins and Valerie McGrane.